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Learn all about picture frames : types, sizes, material

Picture frames are a popular home accessory for all types of interior decor styles, and they make great gifts.

Learn all about picture frames – types, sizes, material 


  • Types
    • 1. Collage Frame
    • 2. Poster Frame
    • 3. Document Frame
  • Display Type
    • 1. Tabletop
    • 2. Hanging
    • 3. Leaning
  • Material Type
    • 1. Metal
    • 2. Wood
    • 3. Ceramic
    • 4. Plastic
    • 5. Leather
    • 6. Glass
    • 7. Mirrored Glass
    • 8. Crystal
  • Lamination Type
  1. matt lamination
  2. gloss lamination 
  3. acrylic glass sheet
  4. glass
  • How to choose the right photo size?



Types of picture frames

The type of picture frame you need will typically be decided by what it is you are wanting to frame. There are many different types of picture framed art to choose from, including:



1. Collage Frame


A collage frame is lots of individual photo frames and can be used to house completely unrelated photos, though often people will select a series of photos to go in a collage frame so that there is a common theme binding them together. For example, you might want to display a series of photos from a family holiday or from a wedding party.

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2. Poster Frames


 A poster frame is usually large and rectangular and will be necessary to display a poster or a large print of art. These frames typically are not very decorative, so that the focus is on the print. These types of frames can have a simple frame running around the edge, though often they can be frameless so that the poster is covered by a piece of glass that is then held in place by some discreet clips. buy now this mikki poster frame




2. Document frames

A document frame will be of a specific size that is intended to display important documents, such as awards and certificates. These are the types of frames you will often see in a doctor’s or lawyer’s office. They tend to come in simple designs and classic colors in order to keep the document looking professional.



Display Type of picture frames / framed art

Picture frames can come in a variety of display types, and this will affect where in your home you are able to display them.

1. Tabletop

A tabletop frame will usually have a folding stand that can be pulled out from the back and used as a leg for the frame to lean on. This makes these types of frames ideal for displaying on surfaces such as shelves, countertops, or side tables. In some cases, the folding stand will be adjustable so that you can choose what degree you want the frame standing at, but this is not a common feature of these types of frames.

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Tabletop frames do not always have folding stands, and instead can simply be of a bulky design that allows them to stand vertically without a stand. In this case, the frame will look almost like a block. Oftentimes a frame will have both a folding stand as well as hardware enabling the frame to be hung so that you can decide between the two display options, but you should always check how much the folding stand protrudes from the back of the frame because if it is quite thick, it can mean the frame won’t sit flush against the wall. Framed art online go and check

2. Hanging


Hanging frames feature various hardware that makes them suitable for hanging on a wall. They may have one metal hook at the top, in the center, which can latch directly onto a nail or screw that is fixed into the wall. They might instead have two metal loops, one at either end, which can then be tied together using picture wire or string, and this wire then hangs over a nail or screw in the wall. If your frame has the capability to be hanging or tabletop, but you would like to hang it, you might need to make adjustments to ensure it sits flush on the wall and does not lean to one side. Virat Kohli  art frame buy now at

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If you know you want to hang your frame, it is always best to buy a frame that is intended solely for this use, as the folding stand on tabletop frames can get in the way when hanging your frame. If you have a frame that does not have the required hardware for hanging, for example, if you have bought a frame that is intended for leaning against a surface, you can still hang it if you wish. In this instance, you could fix your own hardware to the back of the frame, or the easier option would be to use products that use adhesive to stick tape to the back of your frame and tape to the wall.

These types of products often use Velcro or another type of fixture to ensure frames are held securely in place without ever having to use a screw or nail in the wall. These can be especially useful if you are in a rented property, and you aren’t allowed to make holes in the walls.


 Material Type of framed art / picture frames

The type of material a frame is made from will largely influence its style. You might want to opt for a decorative frame that complements your interior decor, or you might want to keep the frame simple so that the focus remains on the item you are framing. The type of material that a frame is made from can also affect how durable and long-lasting a frame is and the amount it will cost to buy.

1. Metal

The benefits of metal frames are that they are hard to damage, are sturdy, and yet lightweight. Metal frames can come in various colors, either in their natural metal state, or often they are spray painted. The surface texture of the metal might be shiny and glossy, or it may have a matte effect. It could be flat, or it might be hammered metal or beveled to create a more interesting look.

2. Wood

Wooden frames are very popular because wood is a natural material that looks homely and blends in well with most interiors. You can find wooden frames to match almost any color scheme or interior style, with rustic wooden frames in chunky designs or slimline wooden frames that have been carefully sanded down and look modern and Scandinavian. Many wooden frames have been painted, so they are available in almost any color imaginable. Some wooden frames may have been lacquered or varnished to achieve a glossier look or change the tone of the wood.

Wooden frames can vary in weight depending on the type of wood used and if they are solid or hollow. If you want to hang your frame, then lightweight wood will be best, as this will pose much less dangerous if it falls from the wall, and it will have much less chance of falling down in the first place as less pressure will be placed on the hardware. Wooden frames are typically long-lasting, and if they fall from a surface, they will usually remain intact. If any damage is sustained, it will likely not be too noticeable and can just add character to the frame.

3. Ceramic

Ceramic is one of the least popular types of materials when it comes to picture frames, but they do have their benefits. Ceramic frames tend to have quite a traditional and classic look to them, and therefore they are often used to display sentimental photos in children’s or babies’ bedrooms, such as scan photos or christening photos. One of the great things about ceramic is that it can be painted very easily. This means you can repaint your ceramic frames to make them match new color schemes in your home, and it also means they come in a huge range of designs.

Ceramic frames can be easily personalized with names and birth dates, and they often have characters from books or films painted on them as decoration. The biggest drawback of ceramic frames is their lack of strength. These types of frames are susceptible to chipping or smashing, and they won’t fare well if they are accidentally knocked from their place on a shelf.

4. Plastic frames

Plastic frames are lightweight, which means they hang easily, but generally, their quality tends to be quite poor, and they can come apart at the corners when you try to move them or change the photo. The main benefit of plastic frames is that they are inexpensive, but you might pay for this in the long run as they do not usually last for as long as other types of frames. Often plastic frames will be made to look as though they are wooden or metal frames by the way they have been painted, but if you are interested in a metal or wooden look, then it is advisable to go for the real thing if your budget allows it.

6. Glass

Glass frames look very elegant and sophisticated. These can be modern and sleek, or they might be cut glass with a more vintage appeal. Glass picture frames are great for minimalist interiors because they are clear and therefore do not make a space look full or cluttered, and allow light to filter through to create the image of more space. The biggest disadvantage of glass frames is their fragility.

If a glass frame gets knocked, then it is highly likely to chip, or in the worst case, shatter completely. In order to keep glass frames safe to ensure they last as long as possible, position them on high up shelves where they won’t easily be damaged. When transporting glass picture frames, always use plenty of bubble wrap and ensure they are securely packed.

7. Mirrored Glass

Mirror is a popular choice for picture frames, as it blends well in a range of interior styles. It can look modern and edgy, glamorous, vintage, or old fashioned. Any mirror surfaces help to create the feeling of space in a room, so a mirrored frame is a good choice if your room is small, but you still want to display your photos or prints. Mirrored glass has the same drawbacks as regular glass frames, in that it can shatter or crack easily, so keep it out of reach of children, and avoid putting it on side tables in walkways where it might easily get knocked over.

8. Crystal

Crystal frames are usually reserved for particularly special and treasured photos, such as those from a wedding or a child’s birthday. These frames can be expensive, but make wonderful gifts for important occasions. They sparkle when the light hits them and make the image look even more fabulous than it already is. Special care should be given to crystal frames as they are breakable and can be expensive or hold significant sentimental value.

Lamination types of Framed art


1. Matt Lamination

Matte lamination produces an elegant, sophisticated finish. It also provides a softer, more natural look that makes it easier to read the printed piece. Matte lamination has a “velvety” texture that makes it pleasant to handle. It also softens the contrast of darker colors so that they don’t stand out quite as much.

Matt lamination gives a subtle, tactile effect that oozes quality, great for items where image and first impressions mean everything.

Whilst forming a protective coating over the print, it does not provide the same level of protection as gloss lamination and can be prone to scratching and fingerprints especially where folding is involved.

2. Gloss Lamination

Gloss lamination produces a shiny, glass-like appearance that enhances the color and vibrancy of the ink on a page. It is commonly used for business applications such as marketing and promotional pieces. It also works well as a covering for bound information in the form of books, reports and training materials.

Gloss is more high profile, it adds a high gloss sheet often used on brochure covers, menus, magazine covers or presentation folders. It is definitely the high impact option. Gloss lamination forms a protective coating over the print which makes it suitable for items such as menus etc.

So it really comes down to what you’re trying to achieve. With a high-class prestigious feel, matt lamination offers you that special touch to products aiming for a more sophisticated finish. But to grab the attention with brighter colors, richer blacks and more visible shine, gloss is a strong choice.

 3. Acrylic sheet

 Acrylic Sheet offered provide working as decorative plexiglass sheets and meets the demands of stable and durable performance usage.

4. Glass lamination

Glass frames look very elegant and sophisticated. These can be modern and sleek, or they might be cut glass with a more vintage appeal. Glass picture frames are great for minimalist interiors because they are clear and therefore do not make a space look full or cluttered, and allow light to filter through to create the image of more space. The biggest disadvantage of glass frames is their fragility.



How to choose the right photo size?

Image Size

Frame Size

4 x 6

6 x 8, 8 x 10

5 x 7

8 x 10, 11 x 14

8 x 10

11 x 14, 12 x 14

11 x 14

16 x 20, 17 x 20

12 x 16

13 x 17, 16 x 20

12 x 18

13 x 19 or larger


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